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Lady Coyotes fall short at home to Miyamura, 54-31

Goddard’s Kelsey Morley (23) goes up with the ball against Bloomfield Friday at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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In their second game of the Goddard Holiday Classic Tournament, Roswell had difficulty keeping up against the Miyamura Patriots. Although the Lady Coyotes brought a strong presence to the game, it was difficult to score while the Patriots hit three-pointer after three-pointer, totaling 10 throughout the span of the game.

With starting point guard Jalen Baca out sick with the flu, the Lady Coyotes fought for points in a 54-31 loss Friday afternoon at the Coyote Den.

“The other girls need to step up,” said RHS coach Fernando Sanchez. “We don’t know how long she’ll be out so we have to get back on the drawing board and get ready for tomorrow to play a tough one.”

With the pressure on, the Lady Coyotes ended the first quarter trailing 18-7 with a three-pointer shot by Mercedes Velasco.

“The first quarter did us in,” said Sanchez. “We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball. We like to stay loyal to the soil and protecting that. We’ll meet with the girls, figure out who we’re playing, get some film, break it down and get ready for tomorrow.”

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Junior Clarissa Vega was a force to be reckoned with under the basket, scoring 11 points.

“As far as the game, I feel like the girls came out and found a better rhythm today,” said Patriots coach Joshua Dupont. “It’s a bit tough traveling from Gallup so soon after Christmas but they competed hard. We had a let down in the third quarter a little bit but much-improved effort tonight from our girls. … We’re thankful to be back and have the opportunity to make it here. We have a lot of respect for Roswell and Lovington, both 4A and 5A opponents.”

Although Roswell (4-8) was trailing at the end of the third quarter, 45-27, they came back with more focus on keeping the ball in their hands and moving the ball around as a team. Roswell girls look to get back on the winning track as they face their nemesis Goddard at Ground Zero today at 12 p.m.

Goddard loses a close one at the Classic

By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

In the existence of the Goddard Holiday Classic Tournament, the Lady Rockets have never won their own basketball tournament. They’ll have to wait another year after the Bloomfield Lady Bobcats wiped away a Goddard five-point lead late in the fourth quarter for a 44-40 win Friday afternoon at Ground Zero,  securing a spot in today’s championship game.

Goddard’s performance was almost a carbon copy of Thursday’s game against Belen where Goddard struggled the whole game, they played well on defense but time after time, failed to convert the gifts that Belen gave them.

In Friday’s game, Bloomfield acted like Santa Claus, too. They failed to score on their first 10 possessions of the game, which included five turnovers. But Goddard acted like a Walmart shopper — they returned those turnovers and for good measure, included seven consecutive shots, six from three-point range.

However, both teams managed a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter. “Our inexperience in these games is causing our inconsistency,” Goddard coach Jared Neighbors explained after the game.

Bloomfield coach Tom Adair was grateful just to escape with a win. “We both struggled,” he said. But Halie Payne and Katie Waresback helped Bloomfield go from trailing by five points to leading by four late in the game. It was a nine-point swing. Prior to that, there were five lead changes.

The Lady Rockets took their final lead, 38-33 at the 3:48 mark. “I really thought we had a chance to hold on to that lead and win,” said Neighbors.

Alexis Sandoval led Goddard with eight points. Her key three-pointer helped Goddard keep a five-point lead. But then Goddard unraveled with three consecutive turnovers.

The difference late in this game was that the Lady Bobcats had been in four close games this season. They had lost all of them. “We finally figured out how to pull out a close game,” said Adair. “The Lady Rockets will learn that, too. It took a loss like this to let us know that we are not invincible,” Neighbors noted.

The loss throws the Lady Rockets into the consolation bracket against crosstown rival Roswell High for the third time this season at 12 noon today at Ground Zero. Goddard has won the previous two meetings.

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